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Electric cars introduced for police across Sussex & Surrey

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced that some police across Sussex and Surrey will be using electric cars.

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Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Electric cars will be used for non-response, unmarked police vehicles across Sussex and Surrey, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne has announced.

30 BMW i3s per force are set to be deployed on division and in departmental unmarked roles, to replace costly fossil-fuelled vehicles, which had already been identified for replacement during the 2018/19 financial year.

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Mrs Bourne is the ‘driving’ force behind this move towards a greener more efficient police fleet in Sussex. She says the switch will initially save up to £120,000 over five years, just from the reduced fuel, servicing, maintenance and repair costs.

She said:

“I am pleased to see Sussex Police and our partners in Surrey Police taking this innovative step towards cutting their carbon footprint by introducing a more energy-efficient fleet of vehicles.

“As PCC, I have and will continue to explore every opportunity to deliver effective policing whilst reducing costs to local taxpayers. Using these electric cars for certain kinds of police work will not only help to save money but will also be better for our environment, reducing our co2 emissions by more than 470 tonnes over the next 5 years. 

“As the vehicles have been bought at a large discount it reduces the depreciation to virtually zero and the price of fuelling is less than a third of a conventionally powered pool car. We are spending public money so it is vitally important to me that the force find pioneering new ways, like this one, to transform the way things are done whilst still keeping pace with operational requirements.”

The vehicles can be driven for more than 100 miles between charges which mean they could be useful on day-to-day policing activities, such as being used by officers visiting victims or witnesses to take statements, as part of door-to-door inquiries or by crews on short patrols.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Barry said:

“With an ever-increasing demand to meet future policing needs, these electric vehicles will enable our staff and officers to carry out their daily tasks while also reducing emissions and running costs.

“Modernising policing is a key component of our 18-22 Transformation Plan, and this investment demonstrates our determination to push forward with substantial change, collaboration and technology-driven improvements.

“The BMW i3s will be assessed following a three-year pilot scheme.”

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Woman taken to hospital after collision with bus

Roads around Gossops Green were closed as emergency services attended to the scene.

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A 30-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a bus.

The collision occurred on Gossops Drive causing roads around the area to be closed by the police.

A spokesperson from Metrobus said:

“At 5.50pm today a Metrobus route 1 bus was travelling along Gossops Drive, near the Windmill pub in Crawley, when a pedestrian coming from a side street ran in front of a car and then into the path of the bus, which knocked her over.

The bus hit the lady and she suffered head injuries. She was taken to Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton and her injuries are not life threatening.

CCTV, which is on all of our buses, clearly shows the sequence of events. The lady was wearing a hoodie, which may have affected her view of the road.”

Metrobus’ Managing Director Martin Harris said:

“We urge people to take care when crossing the road, particularly in the winter time, when visibility can be poor.

“This is an awful thing to happen to anybody and I am relieved her injuries were not life threatening. Our driver is shaken up but coping and he’s pleased the lady is ok.”

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